Parenting Insights Live talks

Free talks at our Expos provide you with up-to-date information from trusted experts and the ideal opportunity to ask questions.

Our range of topics and speakers is always evolving, but the schedule below shows what was on offer during our 2017 Expo. For details of topics and guest speakers at our 2018 Expo, please check back closer to the event date.

Daily Session Timetable

Australian Breastfeeding Association is Australia’s leading authority on breastfeeding. 

This talk will cover key information, such as the benefits of breastfeeding, the let down reflux, supply and demand feeding and how to know if your baby is getting enough breast milk, positioning and attachment, and more. You'll also hear about the support available to help you with your breastfeeding journey.

Duration: 20 minutes
More information: www.breastfeeding.asn.au

Specialist Speaker: Liz Wilkes

Women heading into pregnancy, especially for the first time, have a lot of questions.

This first class in our antenatal series talks about some of the major choices – public vs private, doctor vs midwife, how do I know whether to have normal birth or caesarean.

We talk about how to start off in pregnancy to make the choices that will help you stay healthy and have a great birth and we will answer questions like what is an epidural and is it OK to have one? What other things can I have for pain? Is water birth safe? Should I have a normal birth or a caesarean? Will I tear? What happens if the cord is around the babies neck?

We cover this material honestly but sensitively and alleviate fears leaving women confident to ask for and get what they want.

Duration: 45 minutes
More information: www.mymidwives.com.au

Specialist Speaker: Dr Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett - Senior Lecturer/Director of Academic Studies

This session will cover two important areas of toilet training.

Education on Toilet Training – signs that your child might be ready, fundamentals of success, tips, tools and resources to help them become a big kid and the right products to use for the job.

Education on night time bed wetting – what is it, what causes it, some common myths and ways to treat and  manage this.

Dr Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett is a senior lecturer/Director of Academic Studies – The Early Years at the University of Woolongong.  As a mother of three children understanding children’s development and promoting positive approaches to parenting has become both a passion and a full time career. 

Duration: 20 minutes
More information: www.huggies.com.au

Specialist Speaker: Liz Wilkes

Most women want to have a great pregnancy and to prepare well for birth.

This class focuses on what will make a difference for you and your baby during this special time.  Focusing mostly on active labour and birth we discuss what you can do starting in early pregnancy through to the last weeks to make sure you and your support team know what will work so that you feel more confident. If you do one class in preparation for your birth make it this one as we dive into simple things that change the overall outcome and find out what makes women feel most satisfied with their birth outcomes.

Duration: 45 minutes
More information: www.mymidwives.com.au

Specialist Speaker: Laura V – Animal Behaviourist

This session bought to you by Bravecto explores the unique relationship children have with dogs as pets, the psychology and behaviour behind this special bond, and also provides some surprising insights into the ways dogs help our children thrive and grow, based on new Australian consumer research.

The session will also cover how to bring a new baby home to your family dog as well as introducing a new dog into the family with your baby or toddler – providing tips for making this a safe and harmonious transition.

Laura V is Australia’s most loved animal behaviourist, bringing a wealth of experience, expertise and enthusiasm to the animals in our lives.

Duration: 20 minutes
More information: www.bravecto.com.au

Specialist Speaker: Liz Wilkes

This class covers the actual process of labour and birth of your baby.

We cover what happens leading in to labour and what you will see and feel as labour starts. The process of labour, what happens and how things change throughout the period of labour and leading up to birth. The physical and emotional elements are covered including in the moments after birth with your new baby. We describe and discuss what an amazing life changing experience this will be for everyone present.

Duration: 45 minutes
More information: www.mymidwives.com.au

Specialist Speaker: Katie James

40% of mums stop breastfeeding as they think their baby is not getting enough from breastfeeding alone.

Join Katie from Medela as she talks through what’s normal in the first few days and weeks after birth, and what’s normal for the older infant aged 1-6 months when it comes to breastfeeding, and how you will know your baby is getting enough.

Katie will also look at demystifying which pump is the right one for you, depending on how you are currently breastfeeding. She will explain why pumps may be used early on in the hospital and when not to use a pump.  

Duration: 20 minutes
More information: www.medela.com.au

Would you like to boost your parenting enjoyment, confidence and knowledge by learning about Tresillian’s “Sensitive, Safe & Responsive” settling practices?

If you answered yes then join our Tresillian nurses to share in almost a 100 years of what Tresillian has learnt through caring for babies settling and sleep needs. Together we will explore why babies cry, strategies to soothe them, tired cues, how much sleep to expect, sleep cycles, and many other helpful settling tips to ultimately support you and your baby to develop a great sleep routine that can be used effectively in your home.

Duration: 20 minutes
More information: www.tresillian.org.au

Learn how to sleep your baby safely. Red Nose Saving Little Lives will explain recommendations as well as give information on how best to create a safe sleeping environment for baby.

Red Nose Saving Little Lives is dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood and supporting bereaved families.

In Australia each year over 3,500 families experience the sudden and unexpected death of a baby or child, either through stillbirth or during the first month of life, from sudden unexpected death in infancy (SIDS or fatal sleeping accidents).

Duration: 20 minutes
More information: www.rednose.com.au

Balancing parenthood and a career remains an ongoing challenge for many. In particular, navigating the transition back to work after parental leave can be a really difficult time.

Karitane has been in operation since 1923, helping families and new parents adjust to the unique stresses of parenthood and now we are partnering with businesses to provide flexible programs to support you in this transition.

In this presentation, a Karitane nurse will give you some helpful tips about returning to work and managing childcare, breastfeeding at work and making sure you look after yourself.

You will also learn about how your workplace can partner with Karitane to provide education, training and support for both employers and employees. Don’t miss this opportunity to get help getting the balance right!

Duration: 20 minutes
More information: www.karitane.com.au

Note: Session times and content subject to change. The views and advice expressed during the talks are those of the speakers and are not representative of the Pregnancy, Babies & Children's Expo.